Sunday, October 19, 2008

What does it profit a man?

I managed to pick up a copy of 'The True Wilderness' by H. A. Williams. This is a book of sermons from a deep and intelligent thinker. He was influenced strongly by Tillich and Bonhoeffer.

The essay of the above title looks at how easy it is to use religion to escape from reality. Our true quest is to live in the world to discover our real selves. Jesus did not seek to escape from reality his glory was reached not by coming down from the cross but through his death.

"No, it can be no easy journey, this voyage of discovery in which we set out to find ourselves. The road to the celestial city is a long road. In places it must needs be stony and steep. And as we travel we shall not always be certain of our destination. Yet from time to time we shall ascend the Delectable Mountains, and from there we shall behold the city from afar, perceiving something of the breadth and length and depth of what it is to be fully ourselves. In such fleeting moments of vision we reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which even now is revealed in us. And this it is which gives us hope, and makes us count them happy which endure." (p. 29)

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